I film a lot of video and I’m super good at saving it to my hard drive and then never doing anything with it. And I mean SUPER good. I finally got the idea to put together a compilation video, which seems a lot less daunting than making a video for each separate event I film. I say “film” like I know what I’m doing, but I don’t. I just turn the camera on and hope I get something worthwhile. This video is a compilation from all the stuff I filmed in Decemeber, which is a fun month for obvious reasons. Elliott is pretty much the star, but when you have a 5 year old that’s just what happens. This is also a lot more personal or family oriented than the typical things I upload to YouTube, but there is more to my life than making weird paintings.
In my last blog post I stated that I set a goal for myself to make one video a week for three months and I’m happy to report that I am right on track. The first video I made was a late night resin coating session.
Making this video gave me a better appreciation for the people out there posting daily vlogs. It’s a lot of work. It’s more work than you might think. Everything you do takes longer when you’re trying to document it. You have to do things like pull over while driving to adjust camera settings. Then you have to set up your camera in the car so you can still drive safely among so many other things. I know some vloggers just turn the camera on and talk to it for 5 minutes, which is hard, in a way, because being alone in a room talking to a camera feels awkward, but that sort of vlog is still a lot easier than one where somebody is setting up shots. Of course, the setting up shots method is more fun to watch because it plays like a short movie which is usually more engaging than watching somebody talk straight to the camera for an extended period of time. Anyway, blah blah blah…
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Posted on 28 Mar 2016 - 10:49 pm | by jeff | Filed under: Videos, Vlog
I started my YouTube channel in January 2007. I didn’t do too much with it until I started selling graffiti supplies in my shop. It’s amazing how many people watch videos of graffiti supplies. In most of the videos I wasn’t even using them. I would just sort of scan over new products when they arrived. I’m sure to graffiti artists it just looked like pure heaven to see 50-100 markers displayed across my table as they drooled over their computer screens.
I’ve uploaded about 60 videos and my second most watched video is a 58 second clip of me scanning over a table full of graffiti markers. There’s no talking or explanation of the goods. I uploaded it 7 years ago and it’s been viewed 44,000 times. There are youtubers that get the same amount of views within 10 minutes of posting their videos, but 44,000 of anything is still a whole heck of a lot.
Although I’ve always loved YouTube it’s been kept safely on the back burner. For one, I am EXTREMELY awkward in front of a camera. On top of that, editing video takes me a long time and I’m not about to pay somebody to do it for me. One of the best things about sharing content these days is the immediacy of it. You can literally record some video footage on your phone and have it on YouTube a few minutes later ready to be seen by the whole world. This is why I want to edit my own videos. It might take me a long time, but I don’t have to work around somebody else’s schedule.
What I’m getting at is that this past December I finally started focusing some energy on my channel. I’ve posted 10 videos since December 9, 2015, which is pretty good for me. I would love to post at least one video a week. I mean, that’s my goal, but goals without deadlines are never met because that’s impossible. You can’t just say “from now on I’m doing _____.” So, I’m stating here that my goal, starting in April, is to make one video a week for the next 3 months. It will be a challenge for me, but I also think it’s attainable and those are two of the key ingredients to setting a worthwhile goal.
Here’s a video I posted almost two weeks ago that I haven’t shown here on the blog yet. This is a road trip vlog from a day trip Coral and I took to San Francisco back in January. Enjoy!
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It’s been a long time since I’ve painted a phone case and, in fact, thought my days of painting them were over. But no. Here is the latest hand painted phone case. You could say it’s part vlog, part how to. Either way, I hope you enjoy it. And if you’re interested in getting my artwork on your phone case please check out all the options at society6.com/jeffclaassen/cases.
Wow…vlogs two days in a row. I’m an addict! Well, not quite yet, but it’s fun getting better acquainted with Adobe Premiere. This three minute video took about six hours to put together. Not six straight hours, but with Coral sick today and Elliott (our three year old) wanting my attention every 30 seconds it took me all day. And when I say “all day” I mean…All. Damn. Day.
If you’d like to purchase any of the paintings in the video please check out my online shop. “Mystery Owl” found a new home super fast, which makes me feel like a rockstar. The other four are still up for grabs. Since these are newly listed I am offering 20% off as an early bird deal. Use code EARLYBIRD during check out and watch 20% magically disappear. This offer expires Saturday November 8 at 11:59pm.
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Oh hey, if you have any questions or topics you’d like to see in a future vlog please leave a comment.
Go easy on me…I hate being in front of a camera. For some reason I am determined to overcome my awkwardness. I’m not sure why, but I feel it’s something I should learn to do. And learning is good. At least that’s what I’ve been told. Anyway…
I’ve been in this art game for awhile and although I’m not on the cover of Art Forum, High Fructose or Juxtapoz and I’m not represented by Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Boone, Tony Shafrazi or Larry Gagosian I am still making a living at this and have learned a thing or two. Because of that I get asked a lot of questions by young artists that are getting started.
When I got the idea to start vlogging on youtube I asked myself, “What are the go-to stories I find myself repeating to young artists?” and this story about being the “Bathroom Artist” is one of them.
If you watched the whole video the story actually goes further because I’ve gotten my work into another gallery because of being in the Morro Bay gallery. Anyway, it’s cliche, but opportunities are everywhere and you never know until you try.
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Yesterday we drove down to Templeton to look at goats and ponies at Happy Acres. Since I’m exploring the world of vlogging to spice up my youtube channel I walked around and filmed myself do a little commentary. It will probably take about 100 of these before I feel comfortable in front of a camera. Be sure to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss out on new videos.
For those of you that like watching more than reading I am starting a video blog as an extension of what you’ve been reading here. I can’t tell you how awkward it makes me feel to be in front of a camera, but I’m willing to embarrass myself from time to time. Anyway, you should totally subscribe to my You Tube channel so you don’t miss out on all my embarrassing moments.
I plan on getting more active on You Tube by posting more time lapse painting videos and doing these vlogs where I can give you a glimpse into the Secret Lives Of Artists. Hopefully, I can interview some artist friends, do some tutorials, painting commentary, product reviews and also some Q & A’s for aspiring artists that want to make art their career, etc. If you have any questions for my upcoming Q & A video please ask in the comment section of this video or send me a facebook message.